Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) on Monday said it formed a partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project to measure the amount of energy used to make products throughout its supply chain.Interesting. I like it. Can't wait until the day that the labels at the store include the environmental impact of each item.
Wal-Mart said it will use this measurement tool to initiate a pilot plan with a group of suppliers to look for new and innovative ways to make the entire process more energy efficient.
The pilot will focus on seven commonly used product categories - DVD's, toothpaste, soap, milk, beer, vacuum cleaners and soda - and seek to determine the overall environmental impact of products and look for innovative ways to drive energy efficiency.
The project plan of calculating one item in many categories makes a lot of sense to me, but I don't get why they are doing both beer and soda. They are quite similar from an environmental standpoint. Would have liked to see something wood based, maybe books or furniture. And while a vacuum cleaner hits the electronic goods category, I would rather see a TV or a computer in this category.
via CNN Money via Earth2Tech